Posted by: Jeff Lester on September 22, 2013
Tags: 2000AD, Al Ewing, Ales Kot, Aquaman, Batman 66, Black Manta, Bob Rozakis, Brandon Graham, Cheetah, Darkseid, David Anthony Kraft, Ernie Chua, Forever Evil, Geoff Johns, Gerry Conway, Graeme, Greg Land, Greg Pak, Jeff, Jeff Parker, John Ostrander, Jordie Bellaire, Judge Dredd Megazine, Michael Walsh, Mighty Avengers, Pablo Marcos, Prophet, Rich Buckler, Secret Society of Super Villains, Super-Villain Team-Up, villains month, Wait What?, Zero
I am so bummed I made that reference to the opening of “Don’t Believe The Hype” a few weeks back, because now that I’ve got a trip coming up I could’ve made a “I’ve got so much travel on my mind” pun…but now, no, I can’t.
Anyway, after the jump, show notes for this late-to-bed, early-to-rise episode of Wait, What?
Yes, well, once again, under the gun, you know how it goes. Got less than 48 hours to hop on a plane and have easily 48+ hours worth of chores, so:
0:00-4:28: Greetings! And greetings! And greetings! A plan thwarted, and more non-comics talk.
4:28-25:32: Comics–we do remember to discuss them relatively quickly into the process. We start with DC’s attempted homicide of Graeme via Villains Month comp copies. (If you listen carefully around the 6:34 mark, you can hear the strange corduroyesque whiffle of comics with the 3-D covers being pushed around). Discussed: Darkseid, Reverse Flash, The Court of Owls, H’el, Cheetah, Lobo, Harley Quinn, The Riddler, and more.
25:32-33:19: Graeme re-read Forever Evil #1, and then read the deluxe edition of JLA: Earth Two; the Black Manta Villains Month issue; and what the fuck is up with Aquaman’s villains, generally.
33:19-44:33: Jeff asks Graeme about Infinity since that is a thing he can do. Graeme moves very quickly from there to Mighty Avengers by Al Ewing and Greg Land–you may be surprised by which member of that team we spend the most time talking about! Also, for those of you, like Graeme, who were not aware of the Hungarian suicide song Jeff references, you can check it out here.
44:33-48:17: Jeff can’t talk about Mighty Avengers by Al Ewing, but he can talk about Mars Attacks Judge Dredd by Al Ewing and John McCrea.
48:17-1:04:28: Also covered from the amazing week of comics that was our week off: Murder She Writes by John Allison; 2000AD Prog #1850, featuring Damnation Station by Al Ewing and Mark Harrison; what is happening with the Megazine; and the differences between what sells in American comics as opposed to British comics; whether or not a bi-monthly book might work in the direct market; and more!
1:04:28-1:29:01: Jeff purchased and took delight in the very consistent awfulness of The Secret Society of Super-Villains trade paperback, by Gerry Conway, Pablo Marcos, David Kraft, Bob Rozakis, Rich Buckler, Bob Layton and more. Hopefully, I have the wherewithal to put up the photos I took of some of these pages because they are pretty amazing. Oh wait, here are a couple that we do indeed reference in our talk:
Also included: an all-too-brief discussion of Marvel’s similarly addled Super-Villain Team-Up (no accompanying visuals, alas).
1:29:01-1:49:32: One book that both Graeme and I read this week (and–spoiler!–enjoyed) the first issue of Zero by Ales Kot, art by Michael Walsh, colors by Jordie Bellaire. And Jeff thinks Graeme would really enjoy the “jam” issue of Prophet by Brandon Graham and everybody else. Leads to a discussion about comic book writers, writers who write visually, and writers who are interested in created uniquely visual works. How does this lead us back to the discussion of the ads in the Villains Month 3-D books as opposed to the 2-D books? I’m editing this, and even I don’t know.
1:49:32-2:01:04: That does lead us into a discussion of the ads in Batman ’66, which are different. The advantage to this is, we get to talk about all the delightful stuff Jeff Parker and assorted artists are doing on Batman 66. Also covered: the Top Shelf sale that was going on while we recorded, and is still going on as this first gets posted. And that leads us to talking about the stuff available digitally for 2000AD, and comparing the prices for day-and-date-DRM’d digital subscription, and the DRM-free direct from the digital store stuff.
2:01:04-end: Closing comments! We are very confused about our recording schedule since Jeff will be traveling to New York. We…think we will be back next week?
Anyway, that’s the name of that tune, as Robert Blake used to say back in the days when he was quaint and not utterly terrifying. You can find the ep. on iTunes and you can find it here. The choice…is yours!